Monday, February 20, 2012

how to have a good morning

Even when I have trouble sleeping the night before (it's been happening a lot lately), I'm a morning person. I just love that rising sun, those chirping birds. But there are a few rituals that also put me in a good mood in those early AM hours. First is exercise. I'll admit that I don't always work out in the morning, I don't even work out every day, but I enjoy it most when I do. Between those endorphins and knowing you've been active before noon--go you! Although I'm hardly in the habit of getting out of bed before 7am, free fitness classes (like those at Athleta) are a great motivation. So is promising to meet a friend at the gym or studio. Second is primping. Taking the time to get ready can set a beautiful tone for the day. I know I feel better when I believe I look better. I'm a lot calmer, too, after I've spent time with my mascara wand and tied up my new booties. And I'm not the only one. As Miss Holly said today, "I may have actually looked at my happy, put-together self in the mirror and sung out loud for the courtesy of my neighbors, 'I am a woman, hear me roar and take over the world!'" Yes, it can be that good.
Third is breakfast. If you're not in the habit of breakfasting, I don't know what to tell you. I can't even begin to understand your choices ;). But if you are, make it special. Even if breakfast is just a bowl of cereal, make sure it's the kind you enjoy most; or at least a healthier version of a childhood favorite. Better yet, with a few extra minutes, make yourself a hearty bowl of oatmeal or a refreshing smoothie. Or, prepare French toast from a stale baguette, fry up the last egg, and serve your favorite fruit alongside it all. I can assure you that doing so on a Monday morning actually makes it very okay the weekend is over and you're working on a holiday.

P.S. I've been thinking of making a series of "how to" posts like this one, e.g. how to pack lightly, how to work from home, how to eat out healthfully. Thoughts?


  1. Do it! Those posts are always fun- especially from a new perspective!

    I agree that primping oneself + a delicious breakfast (and just maybe a morning walk/workout) are key elements to a great day! I made blueberry pancakes this morning- such a great way to start my week :)

  2. I agree with all of these! There are days when I just roll out of bed and head straight to work, and let me tell you - I'm hardly productive and the day just seems to drag on.

  3. I stumbled across your blog from Meghann's, and I have to agree with the comments above; these how-to posts are fun! I definitely can notice a huge difference between my day (at least until noon-time) if I don't give myself ample time in the morning to do the above-listed things. I also like to watch something funny while I'm getting ready. Laughter cures all, right? :)

  4. I agree with the primping and making breakfast something special everyday! I really need to work on the primping part for sure...I seriously do nothing for myself in that matter!

  5. alovelyglass: Thanks for the encouragement! I think I will :) glad you agree and were able to enjoy pancakes yesterday AM. They're my favorite.

    Courtney: Exactly!

    goconfidentlyx: Welcome and thank you! So true, so true.

    Melissa @TryingtoHeal: I think it can even be as simple as just liking the way your hair looks :)

  6. Hey Danielle! Just catching up on your posts and came across this one. I think 'how to' posts are great and useful to read.

  7. @Hope Johnson: Hi, Hope! Thanks for the insight. I'm preparing another one soon :)


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